Our World Class Development Seminar facilitated by Bryce Remsburg will now take place June 30 at Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago at 1 PM immediately prior to PRIDE & JOY.

This Seminar is open to all wrestling roles and is a non-physical Seminar. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from Bryce’s perspective as a world-traveled referee in addition to many other hats he has worn at some of wrestling’s top promotions.

Register today for this Seminar with Bryce Remsburg at rise-wrestling.com/pjseminars.

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“The Punk Rock Kween” Jamie Senegal

I’m sure most of you saw me posting on my social media that I was going to write up an article about being a feminine gay man in the world of professional wrestling… I did. On GOODNIGHT JOURNAL. But they DELETED my account and BANNED my e-mail from being used on their site. So I have shared the article with RISE, where I’m sure my article will get more traction anyway… so here goes.

HI! My name is Bryce J. Boyer and I am the 21 year openly gay and feminine professional know under the in-ring alias “The Punk Rock Kween” Jamie Senegal. My journey in professional wrestling began in January 2015. But this article isn’t a run down of me or who I am. I am writing this article to enlighten people on the reality of being a feminine gay male in pro wrestling.

I am going to start off with the negatives and then the positives so we end on a good note!”

I have ALWAYS unapologetically been MYSELF. No questions asked. I was in high school wearing fishnets on my arms, hair extensions, and makeup! It’s just who I was and who I am. Therefore when I started training to wrestle I didn’t think it would shake so many people… being Professional Wrestling is a world of extremities.

When I entered I had a very boyish appearance but I just didn’t feel happy or alright with myself because I knew it wasn’t who I was meant to be. But people were taking me under their wing like I was their son. Once I started finding myself and wearing makeup, fishnets, and etc (just like i did outside of the ring), I felt as though everyone kind of thought I was going “out of control.”

As silly as that sounds, when I was starting to find myself more, I was introduced to the likes of Rick Cataldo, Eddy McQueen, and Sonny Kiss (who is the first of us to really get the success she deserves; rightfully so.) who were so THEM. It was beautiful. I didn’t feel alone, because trust me (even though nobody was treating me poorly) I felt alone.

I didn’t have sisters. It was so refreshing to meet people just like me. Now there is so many of us… adding Saint Synclair, Ashton Starr, Billy Dixon, and sooooo many more of us to the world. We all have something so unique to offer to everyone. We are all talented in our own ways. Yet, so many shows don’t want more than one of us… or ANY of us at all. We are SO over-looked and under-utilized. We work JUST as hard as everyone else.

In 2016, I was in a best friend trio with a beautiful girl who was getting booked because of her looks, and a straight, athletic through the roof guy who was getting pushed because, well, duh. I felt so left behind. I was alone. I felt worthless and like I had nothing to offer because I literally couldn’t get booked.

We also fall prey to media… If a “straight- looking” man in wrestling comes out as gay he is dubbed as a “trail blazer” and gets 450,000 bookings and is pushed through the roof and admired for his strength. While we are all sitting in the back being dubbed as a “cliché” or a “stereotype”.

That is so frustrating because alongside my sisters we have gone through so much in our lives… hate, disrespect, judgment, and being over-looked. It makes us feel like our part of the war just doesn’t matter. Like, the fight we are putting in is unseen and unimportant. Rather than taking a picture with two of us, why not take a picture with ALL of us. We are a family, MASC & FEM LGBTQ wrestlers. But people tend to pick the ones with the most attention, when we are all putting in the for the fight. People think we are just taking the “easy way out” and instead of having to put in “work” we are using our “LOOKS to get OVER!”

Uhm…. we are CHARACTERS. This is a SHOW. We are STORY TELLERS. Not EVERYONE is going to be a SERIOUS, NITTY GRITTY wrestler.

But that is enough of the bad… let’s talk about the GOOD.

We as FEM LGBTQ wrestlers have the POWER. We are changing the game. I don’t know if people truly realize how many feminine gay wrestling fans there are who just want to wrestle so they can give to fans now what the Divas and Knockouts gave us. We as feminine gay wrestlers are paving the way and fighting so MORE and MORE LGBTQ community members can join this business and chase their dreams.

The MOST important thing of all is that we can all ENLIGHTEN. People judge books by their covers. No question. So when a judgmental person sees one of do a really good job at what we do, that changes their opinion on not only OUR work but on the LGBTQ community! As public figures, we bring to light the importance of loving EACH OTHER and OUR PLANET. We are truly gifted and it is a blessing to be a feminine gay in professional wrestling.

Do we fight for an easier day? ABSOLUTELY, YES. But myself and all of my sisters love our lives and we are proud to fight and make a difference.

Thank you for letting us live our lives. 

Bull Nakano Seminar Back by VERY popular demand, the incomparable BULL NAKANO returns to RISE August 9 in London, Ontario and August 10 in Toronto, Ontario! Wrestlers and fans alike will not want to miss this very rare North American appearance of one of professional wrestling’s all-time greats! Wrestlers – Our World Class Development Seminar with Bull Nakano takes place Friday, August 9 in London, Ontario and registration is now open, full information available at rise-wrestling.com/seminar. Fans – Bull Nakano will be part of the Meet and Greet before the HUGE collaboration known as The Summit! SHIMMER Women Athletes, Femmes Fatales, Smash Wrestling and RISE combine to present this event at The MET in Toronto, Ontario. $10 admission for the General Meet and Greet. For those who would like their moment with Bull Nakano, our VIP Packages are priced as follows. Prices listed below are Canadian Dollars. (The online store will show the same price in $USD). $20 – 1 Autographed 8×10 of Bull Nakano (provided by RISE) or you may substitute 1 of your own items to be signed. $20 – 1 photo with Bull Nakano, taken with your camera. $30 – Both options listed above $10 – Each additional autographed item beyond 1, up to 3 additional autographs may be purchased. Tickets to The Summit, CLICK HERE. To purchase your Meet and Greet entry for The Summit, CLICK HERE. And to secure your place in the VIP Area to meet Bull Nakano, CLICK HERE. Bull looks forward to meeting all of YOU this August at The Summit!

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PRIDE & JOY is about many things to all of us at RISE, our company, our talent and our fans. Above all else, it is about making an event filled with love, centered in inclusion and to make a positive impact in the Professional Wrestling and LGBTQ Communities.

We knew at the onset of PRIDE & JOY that part of the event would be to raise funds for an organization with a profound footprint in the LGBTQ Community. We considered many options, nonprofit organizations global, national and local. We have elected to stay local to our home base community, and we will be raising funds and awareness for Center on Halstead, right here in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview Neighborhood.

Center on Halsted is the Midwest’s most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day.

For more information on Center on Halstead, please visit their website centeronhalstead.org.

For the month of June, 100% of profits from RISE T-Shirts sales will be donated to Center on Halstead. This is not only applied to the RISE Pride Logo T-Shirt. Any and all T-Shirt profits for June from our store on Pro Wrestling Tees will be donated. Additionally, all future sales beyond June of the RISE Pride Logo T-Shirt will be continually donated to Center on Halstead.

The RISE Pro Wrestling Tees Store can be found HERE. The RISE Pride Logo T-Shirt will also be available to buy at PRIDE & JOY June 30 in limited quantities. Ordering in advance is strongly encouraged.

In addition, we will also be donating a portion of iPPV Sales from the LIVE Steam of PRIDE & JOY on FITE to Center on Halstead. To purchase the LIVE Stream with Unlimited VOD Replays, you can do so for $9.99 HERE.

June 30 will be an amazing day. After the Pride Parade at 12 PM, join us for PRIDE & JOY  at 5 PM at Chicago’s Logan Square Auditorium!

Tickets are still available HERE.

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June 30, LIVE from Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago, IL, Pro Wrestling Tees presents RISE – PRIDE & JOY, Pro Wrestling’s Ultimate Event of Love and Inclusion! This is far more than a wrestling event. This is a day of celebration for many coming from far and wide for Chicago’s Pride Parade. The parade begins at 12 PM, running until approximately 3 PM, allowing plenty of time for everyone to arrive for a 5 PM Bell Time for PRIDE & JOY!

What fun do we have in store? Well…for starters…

Your Party Hosts come to us by way of our friends at All Elite Wrestling. Hot off the heels of their debut performances at Double or Nothing in Las Vegas, AEW’s “Native Beast” Nyla Rose and Sonny Kiss will bring this event to life, taking care of all in-arena hosting and formal announcing duties.

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In the Main Event of the evening, a first-time matchup anywhere in the world will see the legendary Cassandro el Exótico taking on “The Latina Sensation” Mercedes Martinez. Two pioneers from different eras of wrestling, different parts of the world come together in a match many thought they may never see, and even more are now intrigued by as the Main Event of PRIDE & JOY!

What fans hope for is a one-on-one match. But, after the events of LUMINOUS, the unit known as The Latina Superstars, Mercedes and “SUPERSTAR” Miranda Alize has been inseparable behind the scenes. Is Cassandro ready for the potential of the numbers game?

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In a Triple Threat Tag Team Match for The Guardians of RISE Tag Team Championships, The Killer Death Machines, Jessicka Havok and Nevaeh defend their titles against Team Sea Stars, Ashley Vox and Delmi Exo and the debuting Almost Paradise, Zoey Skye and Courtney Rush.

This will be The Killer Death Machine’s first defense since winning the titles from Paradise Lost at LEGENDARY. Team Sea Stars may have come up short in their contenders’ match at LEGENDARY against Blue Nation. However, with Blue Nation being unavailable for a number of events and Sea Stars standout performance at LUMINOUS, Sea Stars have found themselves thrust back into the title picture. Almost Paradise, teaming for the first time, come to us by way of The Multiverse. Elsewhere in The Multiverse, both Skye and Rush have found successes and held championships nearly everywhere they have competed. With their individual reputations speaking volumes, this team is an immediate threat to The Guardians of RISE!

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It’s #KODSvsWOAD! What will happen when two of the strongest forces in professional wrestling collide at PRIDE & JOY? “The King of Dong Style” Joey Ryan faces “The Weapon of Ass Destruction” Double D Rose. As the wrestling world waits on the edge of its seat for Joey to announce his future plans this week at Bar Wrestling, we know one way or another, Joey’s remaining time on the independents is limited. Double D Rose has been sidelined recently and cannot wait to come back to the independents. Double D knows this is her chance to make a huge mark in the wrestling world upon her return.

One thing is certain, both competitors promise to make PRIDE & JOY a memorable moment for all.

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One of the talents most synonymous with RISE, “The Ballsy Badass” herself, Shotzi Blackheart has issued a Global Open Challenge. The reigning SABOTAGE Wrestling War of Genders Champion fights and stands for many things. Above all else, Shotzi fights and stands for equality in professional wrestling. PRIDE & JOY seemed the perfect stage for Blackheart’s Global Open Challenge. Open to anyone, and gender from anyone in the world, who will answer the call?

And who will leave Chicago as The War of Genders Champion?

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June 30, we set the table…The Table for 6! In a 6 Person Tables Elimination Match, fans in Chicago will see the RISE debut of Jake Atlas as well as the RISE returns of “Hell’s Favorite Harlot” Priscilla Kelly and “The Punk Rock Kween” Jamie Senegal. Also joining the fray, looking to build her momentum from her victory at LUMINOUS over RAZE is Big Mama!

There are two Wild Card Spots held for standouts from our June 29 Seminars with Cassandro el Exótico and Bryce Remsburg. What two wrestlers will wow the facilitators and staff to find their ways into this contest?

Wrestlers, there are sill a few spots left in both Seminars, register today at rise-wrestling.com/pjseminars.

And, in case the name of the match doesn’t say it clearly enough, the only way competitors can be eliminated is to be put through a table! The last person standing will be the victor!

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Kimber Lee returns to RISE. After her brief stint in The Legion of Undead Brides, Kimber is back in singles action. On this occasion, she faces one of the top 2019 Seminar Discoveries, AQA. One of the top students from Booker T’s Reality of Wrestling in Houston, AQA is a star on the verge of a breakout. But will this be that breakout moment? A victory over “The Crown Jewel” will certainly not be an easy task.

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“SUPERSTAR” Miranda Alize has let her true colors show. We’ve seen pure viciousness from Alize at LEGENDARY with her attack on former Wily Smilies tag team partner Kylie Rae, leading to Rae’s loss of The Phoenix of RISE Championship. At LUMINOUS, we saw the formation of The Latina Superstars, beginning with an assault of Madison Rayne.

But Alize faces the debuting Candy Lee. Candy has been a standout in her native New Zealand, already accumulating titles very early in her career. Candy looks to do nothing short of rocking the house in her American debut.

Is Candy Lee prepared for Miranda? And is she also prepare for the influence and presence of Mercedes Martinez who is certain to not be far behind.

Tickets are now on sale for PRIDE & JOY, get yours today by clicking HERE.

If you cannot be with us in Chicago, watch LIVE Worldwide on iPPV via FITE for $9.99. Order today by clicking HERE.

PRIDE & JOY is an event unlike anything we have ever done. And as such, we want to do a match or two that’s just not like anything we’ve ever done. And we want to do something…just a little bit CRAZY!

June 30 at Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago, IL, we have added TABLE for 6 – A Tables Elimination Match! This contest will have six total participants. The only way participants are eliminated is to be PUT THROUGH A TABLE! The last person standing wins the match.

Four of the six participants are now set. Jake Atlas, Big Mama, “The Punk Rock Kween” Jamie Senegal and “Hell’s Favorite Harlot” Priscilla Kelly will be part of the madness. The final two participants will be chosen from our World Class Development Seminar June 29 in Chicago with Cassandro el Exótico.

Fans, don’t miss this landmark event for RISE – Pro Wrestling’s Ultimate Event of Love and Inclusion! Get your tickets HERE! Or, if you cannot be with us in Chicago, watch LIVE on FITE HERE!

Wrestlers, there is limited room remaining in our World Class Development Seminar with Cassandro. Sign up today HERE.

RISE is very happy to announce registration is now open for TWO World Class Development Seminars June 29 in Chicago at Freelance Wrestling Academy. Both Seminars are open to all trained and active wrestling performers, any gender and any role.

We will be hosting an in-ring Seminar with the legendary Cassandro el Exótico and a non-physical Seminar with world renown referee Bryce Remsburg!

RISE will be selecting standout talents from each Seminar to be part of RISE – PRIDE & JOY, Sunday, June 30 at Logan Square Auditorium, streaming worldwide on iPPV via FITE. To order PRIDE & JOY on iPPV, CLICK HERE.

Full information, pricing and registration form is now available at rise-wrestling.com/pjseminars!

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This Wednesday, May 8 we will have Online Seminars at 1 PM and 9 PM Eastern Time on the topic of Hustling Bookings and Working New Places facilitated by RISE Executive Producer, Kevin Harvey. This is such a key area for aspiring wrestlers and wrestling related talents when trying to build their name and acquire wrestling experience. We know there are a lot of young wrestlers out there who, in many cases, just do not know where to begin.

There will be many topics covered, but the discussion will be centered around a few key areas for learning:

• What to put in the that first email to promoters?

• What’s on your wrestling resume?

• Have you put your best foot forward in video submissions?

• Promo pics – do you have them, and are they usable in graphic design and promotion materials?

• Are you using technology in the best ways to help you AND prospective promoters?

The fee for this Online Seminar is $20. For more information and to register, please fill out the form located at rise-wrestling.com/online.

It was important to RISE to find the right Party Host for PRIDE & JOY Sunday, June 30 in Chicago. We reached out to many potential hosts and received inquiries from even more. We believe we have found TWO ideal Party Hosts, and cannot wait to welcome both to Pro Wrestling’s Ultimate Event of Love and Inclusion.

Your Party Hosts for PRIDE & JOY will be All Elite Wrestling’s Sonny Kiss and “The Native Beast” Nyla Rose!

Everyone at RISE extends our most sincere thanks to the team at AEW for working together with us to make Sonny and Nyla’s involvement in PRIDE & JOY a reality. This event gets a little more special every day!

Tickets are moving fast, faster than any RISE Live Event to date. To get tickets, click here.

PRIDE & JOY will also stream LIVE, worldwide via iPPV on FITE.tv. Pre-orders are now up, click here to order.